We had an earthquake here last night and it's the talk of the day today. People get understandably quite shook up (little pun there) when earthquakes strike. There was no serious damage done and no injuries reported, but an earthquake is a scary thing. I've been in tornadoes, floods and storms at sea-- and now earthquakes. We're always hearing about the Big One coming. We receive regular warnings and advice on what to do when the Big One hits.
Once I was in a flash flood in the mountains and I had to out-run it which was a pretty amazing contest. Another time I was snorkeling in the Mediterranean Sea when a huge storm hit. I had to outswim it to an underwater cave where I huddled and paddled until rescued. But you can't outrun or outswim or outmaneuver an earthquake. When the earth jolts and jerks beneath you, all you can do is run for cover. And pray.
But here's the thing: we can't wait for the storm to hit before we pray. Prayer warriors have been praying and interceding about the Big One for years. I believe the oil spill in our Gulf will be contained not only because of the prayers going up now, but because those waters have been prayed over and blessed by believers for years. God is faithful, and we must declare Psalms 91 over our homes, our land, our waters, and our air. We need to release blessing and the glory of God into the atmosphere. And we need to do it now! Are you feeling the same urgency as I am?